“Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry” is the inside story of a political dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. The screening will be followed by a discussion with director Alison Klayman.
ABOUT AI WEIWEI
Artist Ai Weiwei was born in Beijing in 1957, the year his father Ai Qing, a revolutionary poet, was exiled by the Communist party. The family returned to Beijing in 1975. After studying at Parsons school of design in New York, he helped design the 2008 Olympics Bird’s Nest stadium; other works include Sunflower Seeds.
Openly critical of China’s stance on human rights and democracy, he was arrested in 2011, imprisoned for two months and investigated for tax evasion. He is married to the artist Lu Qing, and has a son.
ABOUT THE FILM
Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention.
“Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai Weiwei while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.